Explore the possibilities
Running for me has become an exploration. Everytime I go for a run I try to have an open mind and use my freedom. This way you never know what you will bump into, and it adds flavor to the everyday routine.
At least while running there is a window of opportunity, a window for adventure.
I’m happy If I find a new trail during a run. I’m happy if I bump into a wild animal. I’m happy if I get lost.
This time of year when it’s hot I usually bring a water bottle, because I’ll never know how far I will run. It’s actually this attitude that have kept me interested in running the past 10 years. Knowing there is always something new to discover. For me running is about experience. Feeling the nature, floating along a technical trail, shouting when it almost goes too fast, playing and dancing over rocks, puddles and debris; jumping and scrambling in less than runnable terrain, proving that you can basically run everywhere. Reading the rough terrain, the uneven surfaces, and making it runnable by focusing on the possibilities – not the obstacles.
Exploring new trails, the unknown, and making them yours, will expand your running experience. Unlike “normal running” trail running is not about distance or speed. It’s about experience, how it feels: your movements, the nature (filled with chlorofyll and bird noise this time of year), the sound of your breathing, feeling your cadence, the rhythm of your stride and making a perfect toe-off in every leap, leaning in the curves.
You are far beyond pollution and traffic noise, the air is clean and fresh. Branches touch your skin, your face, arms, hands and legs. You have to watch carefully where you put your next step – and how to do it: lightly on the forefoot, firm on the midfoot or an extended leap to fly over a slippery rock. Yes, this is running. It’s running free. It’s called “trail running”.